Farmer owned central storage business Camgrain has restructured its senior management in a move that reflects its rapid growth in recent years.

The company has appointed Simon Willis to the newly created role of group chief executive. Current managing director Philip Darke becomes operations director, responsible for day-to-day operations of company’s four sites and the strategic development of the stores and their facilities; while deputy managing director Keith Durrant is now deputy group chief executive. The new executive team will implement the strategy set by the Camgrain board.

Mr Willis was previously head of project delivery at Certas Energy, a company which delivers liquid fuels to domestic and industrial customers across England and Wales via 150 depots and 1,000 trucks.

In his new role, he will lead Camgrain through a full strategic review focused on developing closer links with the supply chain and delivering maximum benefit to the co-operative’s members.

“Simon brings extensive commercial experience to the role, as well as expertise in developing and implementing strategic change,” notes Camgrain chairman John Latham. “The creation of a new operations role for Philip Darke reflects the importance we place on first class management of our sites. The board is confident that this new management structure will take Camgrain successfully into the next phase of its development.”

Camgrain was founded at Linton near Cambridge in 1983, since when it has become the UK’s largest farmer-owned grain storage business with additional Advanced Processing sites near Newmarket, Stratford upon Avon and Corby. It is the only central storage company with British Retail Consortium accreditation.